Two new wind farm developments are being supported by the State Government’s Victorian Renewable Energy Targets (VRET) reverse auction, creating new industries and jobs in Geelong.

Victorian Minister for Energy, Lily D’Ambrosio, announced the development of the Vestas Renewable Energy Hub (VREH), which will build wind turbines for the 180MW Berrybank Wind Farm, as well as the 336MW Dundonnell Wind Farm.

Global supplier Vestas has been nominated as the preferred supplier of wind turbines for the two projects, triggering the investment in the hub.

The VREH will directly employ up to 27 locals, train hundreds of staff in wind turbine maintenance and support local wind turbine manufacturing in Australian for the first time in over ten years. It will also include:

  • A wind turbine manufacturing facility for the assembly of 100 turbine hubs and 50 drive trains for the Dundonnell and Berrybank projects
  • The Western Victorian Service Support Centre to service the successful VRET projects and existing Vestas projects in MacArthur and Challicum Hills
  • Wind turbine technician training through a memorandum of understanding with Federation University to support the Ballarat Renewable Training Centre (BRETC), training at least 20 technicians per year
  • Australian Main Component Logistics and Maintenance Centre to house wind turbine major components
  • The Wind Carbon Research Partnership with Carbon Nexus, a Deakin University initiative to research the next generation of carbon fibre specifically for use in wind turbine blades

To support long-term renewable energy investment in Victoria, Vestas has also signed an agreement with Geelong Port to use its shipping facilities and 40,000 square metres of laydown area located at Corio Quay South.

The Berrybank farm will include 43 turbines, while the Dundonnell facility will feature 80 turbines. Both projects will use 64 per cent local content under the government’s Victorian Industry Participation Policy.

The Labor Government’s first renewable energy auction will generate more than 900MW of new clean energy, driving down energy prices for Victorian families. Together, these projects will generate $1.1 billion of economic investment in regional Victoria and create more than 900 jobs, including 270 apprenticeships and traineeships.

Lauren ‘LJ’ Butler is the Assistant Editor of Utility magazine and has been part of the team at Monkey Media since 2018.

After completing a Bachelor of Media, Communications and Professional Writing at the University of Wollongong in 2014, and prior to writing about the utility sector, LJ worked as a Journalist and Sub Editor across the horticulture, hardware, power equipment, construction and accommodation industries with publishers such as Glenvale Publications, Multimedia Publishing and Bean Media Group.

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